Advocacy

There is no better strategy for impacting federal policy than advocacy. Join the Alliance's national advocacy efforts in 2014! Click on the campaign links to the left to learn more about getting involved in securing additional funding for key homelessness programs.

Members of Congress are much more likely to focus on ending homelessness if they understand how it affects people and programs in their district. The more they hear from constituents about how programs are preventing and ending homelessness in their district, the more likely they are to act. It's up to us to convince our Members of Congress to take action!

Many communities have reduced the number of people who are homeless by using efficient, solution-focused interventions. To continue making progress, especially in the midst of the current economic climate, adequate federal investments in affordable housing and homelessness assistance are critical. Advocacy is the best strategy to cultivate the political support needed to get the resources we need to prevent and end homelessness.

The pages in this section describe ongoing efforts to improve federal policy affecting people experiencing homelessness and how you can get involved. Get involved with the Alliance in 2014 by clicking on the campaign pages on the left. In conjunction with the President's FY 2015 Budget Proposal, the Alliance launched two dedicated campaigns for FY 2015, focusing on McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and veterans.  

In addition, our Advocacy Tools, Advocacy Calendar, and Advocacy Updates provide concrete steps for getting involved. If you would like to strategize about your organization's advocacy efforts, please contact Kate Seif, Policy Outreach Coordinator at the Alliance.

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Advocacy Update | January 8, 2014
This Quarterly Report includes a preview of key upcoming activities for advocates through next March, as well as a review of major developments from the last quarter. Specifically, this issue reviews: FY 2014 funding negotiations; Upcoming NOFA webinar and advocacy opportunities; State advocacy materials; Second Chance Act reauthorization; and information about joining our advocacy campaign lists.   
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Webinar | January 2, 2014
In this recording of a webinar that originally streamed on December 17, 2013, speakers cover the major points of the FY 2013 Continuum of Care NOFA and discuss how prospective grantees should address their community's tiering and application processes
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Federal Policy Brief | December 3, 2013
The new approach to homelessness, adopted in many communities and backed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the past two Administrations, has already shown remarkable results. In the four years after annual point-in-time counts of homeless people began in early 2005, the number of Americans homeless on a given night dropped from 763,000 people to 643,000, a decrease of 16 percent. Perhaps even more remarkable, during the following period of economic difficulty homelessness continued to decline, albeit more slowly, even as unemployment skyrocketed over 10 percent and more Americans had trouble affording their own housing.